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The Israel outrage shows us who rules us


WE ARE told that to learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise. The British people now know who rules over them, and it is not the British people.

The appalling events last weekend when Hamas terrorists broke into Israel slaughtering any Jews they could find, infants and elderly, men and women, individuals and families, evoked revulsion across the world. Except in certain quarters.

Despite what we hear this pogrom was not about occupied territory or a two-state solution. Gaza has not been occupied since 2005 and Palestinians show no appetite for a two-state solution. Hamas took control of Gaza in 2006 and millions were poured in to help them build a state infrastructure. The money went instead to the purchase of weapons. Gaza could have become a shining example of a small vibrant state, a Singapore on the Mediterranean. Hamas had other priorities than the people of Gaza: the destruction of Israel.

This is what the Hamas Covenant, the founding document issued on August 18 1988, states: ‘Israel exists and will continue to exist until Islam destroys it . . .’ Article 13 states: ‘Initiatives, so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are contrary to the principles of the Islamic Resistance . . . The nationalism of the Islamic Resistance is part of its religion . . . These conferences are only a means of imposing infidels on the Muslim land as arbiters . . . There is no solution to the Palestinian question except jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and a futile effort’. This attack was about killing Jews.

While the general reaction in the UK was one of shock and revulsion that the events of a 19th century pogrom could be replayed in the 21st, there were plenty who expressed joy at the slaughter. We have witnessed mass demonstrations throughout the West in favour of Hamas. In the UK pro-Hamas demonstrators showed their colours by demonstrating outside the Israeli embassy in London on Monday night chanting, without any sense of irony, ‘Israel is a terrorist state’.

Rishi Sunak has unhesitatingly described Hamas as terrorists and their barbarous actions as evil. The UK parliament has declared that Hamas is a proscribed terrorist organisation and the law is such that openly displaying symbols in their support is a criminal offence. The police, who seem eager to arrest people for silently praying near an abortion clinic and who find Christian street preachers easy prey, have failed to take decisive action at these demonstrations, illegal and offensive as they are.

It has become the custom to light up buildings in the colours of  those, like Ukraine, whose sufferings evoke sympathy. Throughout the West the blue and white of Israel was displayed on public buildings, except in Scotland. The suggestion that the Holyrood parliament building be lit up was rejected on the grounds that the architecture of the building wouldn’t lend itself to illumination.

What about flying the Israeli flag? A Tory proposal was rejected without a vote by the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body (SPCB). The five-member SPCB has members from each of the four main parties, the far left SNP, the even further left Scottish Greens, Labour and Conservatives, along with the Speaker.

Meanwhile the SNP are about to hold a conference. Manal Shqair, one of the proposed speakers at an authorised fringe event, described the invasion as ‘a dream come true’. She retweeted disinformation online, including claims that there was no mass shooting at the Supernova music festival. A video she shared claimed that ‘resistance fighters’ were in fact ‘kind and merciful’ towards those at the festival, where at least 260 people were murdered.

The Football Association in England, which has been in full virtue signalling mode for the last few years, refuses to take action. Wembley stadium will not be lit up in blue and white. The FA had footballers take the knee for Black Lives Matter, a neo-Marxist organisation intent on defunding the police and destroying the state as well as lining their own pockets, yet is unable to make a simple gesture expressing sympathy for the victims of a horrific crime.

Why are these sectors failing to take actions which the overwhelming majority of people in the UK would support? Surely they are not all like the Scottish Greens who genuinely think that the Israelis were ‘asking for it’?

There are those like the FA for whom it is a matter of money: they dare not antagonise the Middle East backers who control so much of football. There are too many major clubs funded by Arab money.

There is also a strain of anti-Semitism prevalent in British society, and not just in the Labour Party. In the infamous Chanukagate scandal the BBC attempted to blame a busload of  Jewish children for an anti-Semitic attack which they suffered. Eventually the BBC had to be reprimanded for ‘serious editorial failures’ by the regulator Ofcom.

The BBC refuse to call Hamas terrorists in the name of ‘impartiality’, as though calling Hamas a ‘Palestinian militant group’ is not already taking sides with mass murderers. World affairs editor John Simpson argues: ‘Calling someone a terrorist means you’re taking sides and ceasing to treat the situation with due impartiality’. The elite organisations in Britain should learn that being impartial does not mean being indifferent.

But the main reason for pussyfooting around what has happened is fear. Our authorities and the elites are afraid to admit that multi-culturalism has failed and that the reaction to the BBC and the FA calling out the horrors of Hamas would mean violence from a section of the Muslim community. The police are afraid that arresting those demonstrating in support of Hamas is beyond their capability and would provoke a violent reaction.

We know who we dare not criticise.

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Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Campbell is a retired Presbyterian minister who lives in Stirlingshire. He blogs at A Grain of Sand.

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